Push ups, Sit ups, Planks and the Book of Job | UMC YoungPeople
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October 2018

Push ups, Sit ups, Planks and the Book of Job

By Betsy Marvin

Just like we need to work our muscles and push them, test them, and break them down to build them, the same is true of our faith. It isn’t always easy to see, but sometimes when things come our way that we can’t explain, we have the opportunity to remain faithful to God see what he is teaching us.

  • Have a volunteer do 15 pushups. Ask: Where the pushups easy or hard? Why?
  • Have another volunteer do 15 sit ups. Ask: Where the sit ups easy or hard? Why?
  • Have another volunteer do the plank – 3 minutes.
    (If you have enough space, the whole group can try! This will be hard even for someone really in shape).
  • What makes this exercise easy or hard to do?
  • How do we develop strength?

Explain: We develop muscle and strength by practice, training, and pushing our muscles.

  • Does anyone know how muscle is built?
    (It is built thought the breakdown and rebuilding of the muscle tissue, pushing to its limit, testing your endurance and building it over time)

Read Job 2:9-10.

  • What do you think of Job’s question to his wife? What does he mean?
  • When things go wrong, or even badly, who do you blame? What do you agree with his wife? Why or why not?
  • Why do we blame God so quickly when things go bad?
  • Can you remain faithful to God when trouble comes?
Betsy has worked with students for over 26 years and has served at Cornerstone Church in Caledonia, MI for nineteen of those years. Currently, Betsy is the Director of Family Ministry while still holding the high school ministry hat. Betsy also teaches women’s ministry at Grace Bible College as an adjunct professor. Betsy has been married for 29 years with a son in college and daughter in high school. In her free time, she enjoys reading, laughing with her family, and date nights!